Defence of Darwin Experience

Defence of Darwin Experience

Defence of Darwin Experience
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World War II and is dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945 - a very important time in Territory history. The Defence of Darwin Experience opened on 18 February 2012, which was in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide visitor with an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience which extends beyond the physical walls of the precinct 'hub'. The Defence of Darwin Experience is fully airconditioned inlcuding a gift shop and cafe. The Darwin Military Museum is only a step outside of the Defence of Darwin Experience, providing visitors with a different experience: artillery pieces; vehicles, uniforms, firearms, models and paintings and much more. The Darwin Military Museum is the original military museum which was established from the 1960s by the Royal Australian Association of the Northern Territory. The Darwin Military Museum is continuing to expand by adding more exhibitions to further educate visitors of Northern Australia involvement in WWII. Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum has formed a large World War II precinct at East Point. Visitors can move through the precinct and view the displays and exhibitions offered by both facilities.
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Niccers16
Bundaberg, Australia391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great place to visit with lots of war memorabilia. Outside is a variety of tanks, guns, bunkers and various displays, and inside is a collection of uniforms, medals, informative video and information. Small cafe that’s very well priced for drinks and snacks.
Written 6 March 2024
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tonip09
Da Nang, Vietnam200 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
As an Australian, I take offence at the name for this museum. It should be called "Defence of Australia". Darwin was the logical place for Japanese bombing of mainland Australia in 1942 but the war effort both before and after was throughout Australia.
The museum looked a little tired, dusty and not particularly informative with repeat photographs throughout.
The Larrimah museum in contrast, is much more informative and it is free.
Written 19 July 2023
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TristanEF
Canberra, Australia908 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I felt there should have been more history imparted. Interesting displays but would have liked more facts and back story. The video portions were really well done.
Written 18 July 2023
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Frankie92374
66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Defence of Darwin is the indoor exhibition, while the military museum is outside and in the old war buildings.

The 20 minute movie is very well done, although the uobeat excitement in the voice of the woman talking about the death of Daisy was weird.

The outdoor section has a lot of old machinery, weapons, equipment, and memorabilia from various conflicts.

We spent just over an hour there.
Written 5 July 2023
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Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia5,458 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Visited on Monday 1st May. To be honest it wasn't that good, ok it's a collection of things from the war but could have been presented better. If it wasn't for where the gun placements were situated, it didn't really have any other purpose.
Written 20 June 2023
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Jennifer K
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Thanks, Phil, for your interesting commentaries and taking care of us so well. Mum and I really enjoyed the morning.
Written 25 April 2023
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Gilbert Singleton
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Outstanding Museum, and the Duty manager (Dorina) was friendly, courteous and very helpful. I commend her work ethic to you.
Written 16 April 2023
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Dave K
Upper Hutt, New Zealand5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Excellent museum showcasing exhibits from various conflicts Australian military have been involved with. Wide range of pieces. Nice mix of exhibits outdoors, in huts, and info inside main building
Written 4 March 2023
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michael m
Perth, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Muchly enjoyed the whole experience. The 20 minute show was well done giving you a real sense of the drama that happened. Well presented indoor and outdoor exhibits and we loved how the experiences were told by local people. We planned to stay an hour and we spent a little over two hours here. Nice cafe and staff friendly and it was obvious they really enjoyed the place themselves.
Written 22 December 2022
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Simon M
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This interactive museum will delight even the most cynical and unflappable visitors. The exhibits inside captivate attention, as they show WWII from the perspective of some 12 or so remarkable characters. And, spoiler alert, as the sirens play, and visitors are encouraged to enter the bomb shelter, the movie that is played has stayed with me ever since. The exhibits outside, however, are particularly special. The opportunity to explore the insides of a 9.2 inch cannon, stroll around the gardens to observe the other artillery, and visit many other historical rooms, replete with remarkable displays, is something I will always cherish.
Written 12 December 2022
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